Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sun's Journey

Morning sun highlights the mainland mountains of BC...
Morning...
Early morning sun above eventually gives way to the pink and orange hues of sunset below, changing the look and feel of the mountains visible from the balcony of our mid-island condo...

BC mainland mountains pink and orange with the setting sun...
... and evening...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ebony and Ivory

Birds of a feather, they ain't.
Birds of a feather, they ain't...
No harmony here, folks... just an opportunistic crow waiting for one slip of the beak by this gull who managed to snag a tasty bit of seafood from the Gorge Inlet behind them.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ladybug Ladybug

Ladybugs get amorous at Victoria Butterfly World.
Get a room, you two.
Seen recently at Butterfly World in Victoria...
Would this be considered an example of 'paradox'... or 'irony'?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Landlocked in Lantzville

A blue boat covered in green.
Blue boat, green trees...
Drive along the main drag through the barely-there community of Lantzville on Vancouver Island and you'll pass the 'drydocked' Benjamin Daniel peeking out from the trees growing over it and through it...

The official community motto of Lantzville is:
"Provide a high level of affordable services in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion while managing growth of the Community and respecting the unique rural character and charm."
It sounds like a lofty mission statement until you realize that Lantzville only has a population of 4000 -- how hard could it be to 'manage growth'?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elk Falls

Water spills over the Elk Falls near Campbell River.
Water surges and spills over Elk Falls.
Elk Falls are located just outside Campbell River, about 3 hours north-west of Victoria. Thanks to recent rains which flooded the upriver lake, BC Hydro decided to open the dam floodgates for a few weeks sending a deluge of water over the falls.

Lots of crowds came out to 'ooh' and 'aah' over the impressive vista...

Mist rolls off the water in the late afternoon.
The late-afternoon sun captures the mist over the water.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Shadow leaves

The 'shadows' of leaves created on damp sidewalks...
the memory dims
like autumn leaves that fall and
fade into amber
On a sidewalk in Parksville, autumn leaves lie adrift next to the dye from previously fallen leaves producing a transient work of art...

Fall leaves leave an impression...
Nature and urban environment combine to create art...



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Artist Ursula Funke

The very accommodating Ursula Funke...
A carved gourde... one of Ursula's creations...
Catching up on my stock of photos, this one was taken in September at Parksville's P-Art-y on the Block event. Resort Drive at one end of town was closed to allow a huge number of local artists to demonstrate and sell their wares.

The talent on display was mindboggling. Every conceivable form of art was on display. What was surprising was how inexpensive everything was.

This is artist Ursula Funke -- I wanted to give her a special shoutout. She turns gourdes into art, carefully carving and shaving intricate patterns into them and then dying them a variety of colours.

We bought this particular gourd. It was priced at $55. We were digging around our pockets, purse and wallet for the cash, had $45 in hand and were still looking for the rest, when she graciously offered to take the lower amount instead.

Thank you, Ursula! Your dragonfly-themed creation now holds a place of honour on a top shelf in our living room.

To see more of Ursula's creations, you can check out her website.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Love, Exciting and New...

The upper deck of the cruise ship...
Lounge chairs on parade...
The title of this post? That was the promise made every week in the 70s as Jack Jones crooned the theme from The Love Boat.

The reality of cruise ships is a lot less romantic.

These photos were taken several months ago. An acquaintance in the travel industry arranged for a group of us to tour this particular ship as part of a promotion.

My wife periodically tries to talk me into taking a cruise. Unfortunately, although this particular ship was beautiful to walk about, the tour simply confirmed all the reasons why I am NOT interested in a cruise.

A cruise ship is like staying at a fancy resort… one where you can only leave the resort for a few hours every few days. Once you subtract the gambling and the night shows there really isn’t a lot else to do except eat and lounge around the decks staring at an expanse of water that never or rarely changes.

During the familiarization briefing, I glanced around a sea of silver hair, glasses and hearing aids. At 56, I was probably the youngest person by a decade.

The tour allowed us to stroll around the ship at our leisure after an admittedly awesome lunch. That's where I came across this bundle of energy snoozing in the library, open book in his lap, head lolling gently on his chest...

Contain your excitement, sir!
Could things get anymore exciting around here?
To really get the testosterone flowing, this ship also offered a small mini-golf course at the fore end.

How to make golf even more boring...
I thought golf couldn't get more boring. I was wrong...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Yes, you are...

Points for the message, no points for the artwork...
Uplifting message... shame about the artwork.
Seen along a local beach...

Sometimes we just need a periodic reminder.